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  • Cleanup effort on Mt. Herman dedicated to Colorado Springs crash victim

    Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    A Colorado Springs couple is asking volunteers to pitch in with cleanup efforts on Mt. Herman in Monument in memory of a son who died in a recent motorcycle crash. Steven and Debbie Siefert are hosting the all-day "Devin John Siefert Memorial Clean-up and Barbecue" event onSunday....

  • Weigh in on plan for Ute Valley Park

    Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Have an idea to spruce up Ute Valley Park? Now's the time to make your voice heard. The city of Colorado Springs is seeking feedback for its Ute Valley Park Master and Management Plan, which will detail plans for the site, including any new trails or uses. The community involvement...

  • Mountain Equipment Recyclers Inc. giving away $50 vouchers to celebrate donation milestone

    Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Psst . heads up. There's money in the streets, but you'll have to run for it. Mountain Equipment Recyclers Inc. of Colorado Springs is hiding one $50 voucher redeemable at its South Tejon Street store around town each day for 10 days. To get a taste of the $500 giveaway, you'll...

  • Seedy secrets of the pioneering Old Colorado City come alive with new App

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Two elks named Thunder and Buttons marched through the streets. Underground tunnels offered discreet passage to brothels. And while the storefronts looked respectable enough, they were just facades slapped up on rough-hewn log cabins to dress up an Old West frontier town. It's...

  • Scenic South Slope of Pikes Peak may be open this summer - or maybe not

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Closed to the public for more than a century, Pikes Peak's scenic South Slope could be open to visitors by the end of summer. But that's hardly certain, and it wouldn't be for long - at least not initially. Planned as a 9,000-acre addition to Pikes Peak's bounty of offerings, the...

  • Manitou Incline closing date tentatively set

    Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Manitou Incline fiends, prepare to go without your fix. The milelong march up jumbled railroad ties in Manitou Springs is on pace to close Aug. 18 for four months' worth of improvements. The date's not official - yet - but the city of Colorado Springs plans to begin its $1.6...

  • Woodland Park man overcomes disability on 2,663-mile trek

    Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Wesley Trimble hikes with a unique cadence and sets his own pace. When he started on the Pacific Crest Trail in Southern California in mid-April, fellow hikers saw his loping gait and assumed Trimble had developed a "hiker hobble," a euphemism for the body's revolt after going too...

  • 5 hikes for kids within an hour's drive of Colorado Springs

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Here are five hikes within an hour’s drive of Colorado Springs, as suggested by Troy Parker in “The Best Front Range Hikes for Children.” 1 - Bear Creek Nature Trail: With mostly gentle slopes and great views of the foothills, this 1.1-mile hike is the perfect introduction to hiking....

  • For some, storms prove Flying W mitigation work is holding up

    Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Storms lashed the Flying W Ranch this month, washing out service roads and dislodging a couple of dozen erosion barriers from a fire-ravaged hillside. But along with those reminders of nature's fury, the weather also brought cause for hope, say those working to revive the...

  • Start early to infuse love of Colorado outdoors

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The weekend's clear, the weather's cooperating and the mountains are calling. As a parent who loves the outdoors, you want nothing more than to be outside with your children, introducing them to the satisfactions of an afternoon hike in solitude or an evening around the campfire,...